Video of the week: How to reduce stress during finals 2008

December 14, 2008

1. UNC flash mob rave at library

2. College of Charleston flash mob rave at library

3. UCLA “undie run”

UCLA students “undie run” — students strip to underwear after studying too much

December 13, 2008

Video of the week: iPhones break, by iJustine

November 14, 2008

Analysis:  This is why you should buy a case if you have an iPhone!  Sorry, iJustine.

Video of the week: Women in film (from vimeo)

September 19, 2008

Where the hell is Matt? 2.0, 2008 version

June 20, 2008

if you want to watch the 1.0 version, click here.

LisaNova offers free shots of her breasts for YouTubers + user-generated content

May 16, 2008

LisaNova is a hilarious comedian discovered on YouTube (also now on MadTv). This week she posted this LOL video spoofing how YouTube has become saturated with videos with teasers or still shots of women’s cleavage. Often the most popular videos each day have still shots of women’s breasts. (See here and here) It’s hard for other YouTubers to get their videos watched if the women’s cleavage shots get the most viewed.

So here comes LisaNova to the rescue, offering her services — and even clips of her breasts — for other YouTubers to use in their own videos. The video is a riot, but it’s even crazier that LisaNova is serious about offering free clips of her breasts for others to download and incorporate into their own user-generated videos. Her cleavage clips can be downloaded from her site.

Video of the week: Is Bigfoot on Mars?

January 25, 2008

I’m not a scientist, but this is pretty good visual proof for me.

Video of the week: Driving in India, complete chaos

January 20, 2008

Video of the week: Suzanna Hlinka performs Rachmaninoff – Moment Musicaux Op. 16 No. 4 in E minor

December 14, 2007

Wow. Mind-blowing performance from this Australian pianist Suzanna Hlinka.  Outstanding.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2007

Video of the week: Turtles

November 16, 2007

This is one of my own. I hope you like it.  If you would like to see my prior selections for video of the week, visit here.

Video of the week: Puppy love

November 9, 2007

I know the owners of these two puppies.  They shamelessly dote on their dogs like there’s no tomorrow.  Can you blame them?

Video of the week: Ingrid Michaelson, “Breakable”

November 2, 2007

That1guywhosings, a YouTuber, made this video of Ingrid Michaelson’s “Breakable.” He got the images from Getty and showed the video to Ingrid, who said she liked it.

This synchronization of photos to the music is simply outstanding. And I can’t get enough of this song.

Video of the week: Creative Commons

October 26, 2007

You may have noticed on the right hand side that I’ve inserted a banner ad to “Support Creative Commons.” It’s the first (and so far only) ad I’ve put on this site. (Please click on the banner.)

As this video explains, Creative Commons is an organization started by Professor Lawrence Lessig, someone whom I was lucky enough to have met and worked with for several years while at Stanford. Larry is one of those rare, amazingly brilliant individuals who single-handedly transform the whole terms of a debate. He’s done that for the Internet and copyright issues. The basic mission of Creative Commons is to make it easier for everyone to share works and to give/get copyright permission with the tagging of a work ahead of time (so basically you don’t need to make elaborate efforts–like locating and writing the copyright holder–to get permission to use copyrighted works). This blog has a Creative Commons license on the right hand column below.

Each year, Creative Commons must raise money from contributions, in order to qualify for 501(c)(3) status as a tax-exempt, charitable nonprofit organization. I hope you consider giving to this worthy cause. Donate on the CC site.

Video of the week: Cool stick figure art

October 19, 2007

Video of the week: Al Gore

October 12, 2007

Al Gore won the Oscar this year for “An Inconvenient Truth.” Today, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to raise awareness about the need to stop global warming. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you owe it to yourself to do so.

UPDATE: The San Francisco Chronicle has a video of Gore speaking yesterday (unfortunately, it’s not on YouTube and the Chronicle’s video takes longer to download).  At the end, the crowd erupted into chants of, “Run, Al, run.  Run, Al, run.”  And they weren’t talking about his fitness.

Video of the week: Medieval Help Desk

October 5, 2007

Video of the week: Renetto, “Tube It,” the YouTube song

September 28, 2007

Catchy song from Renetto (who used to sing in a band in his former life).

Video of the week: Kangaroo fight

September 7, 2007

This gives new meaning to the long tail.

Happy Labor Day

September 3, 2007

Goodbye, summer.

Video of the week: The YouTube presidential debate in cartoon

August 31, 2007

Video of the week: High School Musical 2 on YouTube

August 24, 2007

“High School Musical 2” debuted this week. If you don’t have kids, you may not be aware that this Disney franchise is a mega-hit, selling more albums in 2006 than any other (even American Idol stars). The debut of the sequel this week received 17 million viewers on Disney, the most ever for a cable show. Wow, now that’s impressive. “High School Musical” stars Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Tisdale. (I finally know who Ashley Tisdale is, ’cause I’ve seen her YouTube videos before.)

I’m more intrigued by the fact that clips from “High School Musical” are some of the most watched clips on YouTube, dating back close to one year. Disney doesn’t seem to mind these postings by third parties on YouTube since they haven’t asked for their removal. It might well be that Disney doesn’t want to alienate all the teenagers and young kids who are posting these videos of “High School Musical” on YouTube out of their sheer fanaticism for the movie.

Video of the week: What happens after you buy the iPhone

August 21, 2007

Video of the week: To catch a thief on YouTube

August 10, 2007

Guy steals laptop.  Caught on video.  Video posted on YouTube.  And then:  According to a New Zealand paper, “One viewer recognized the man [on YouTube] and alerted police. Dawson Anthony Bliss, 50, was convicted of theft in Greymouth District Court on Thursday after pleading guilty.”  (More)

Video of the week: Did the YouTube debate just lose Barack Obama the nomination?

July 27, 2007

This question turned out to be the biggest question of the YouTube debate. Hillary Clinton’s camp said it shows Barack Obama’s inexperience. Obama said a day later that it shows his new thinking (although in the question he invokes Ronald Reagan). You be the judge.

Video of the week: Harry Potter fever on YouTube: does he die?

July 20, 2007

Video of the week: Kids turn train into roller coaster

June 29, 2007

Video of the week: The real story behind YouTube’s founding

June 15, 2007

Chad Hurley and Steve Chen reveal the “secret sauce” behind YouTube.  A must see!

Video of the week: Picasso

June 8, 2007

Video of the week: Numa Numa dance 2.0

June 1, 2007

No one can beat the original Numa Numa dance, but this is not bad, compliments of Laura.